Red Moon Rising by Matthew Brzezinski
Sputnik and the Hidden Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age

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For the fiftieth anniversary of Sputnik, the behind-the-scenes story of the fierce battles on earth that launched the superpowers into space The spy planes were driving Nikita Khrushchev mad. Whenever America wanted to peer inside the Soviet Union, it launched a U-2, which flew too high to be shot down. But Sergei Korolev, Russia's chief rocket designer, had a riposte: an artificial satellite that would orbit the earth and cross American skies at will. On October 4, 1957, the launch of Korolev's satellite, Sputnik, stunned the world.
In Red Moon Rising, Matthew Brzezinski takes us inside the Kremlin, the White House, secret military facilities, and the halls of Congress to bring to life the Russians and Americans who feared and distrusted their compatriots as much as their superpower rivals. Drawing on original interviews and new documentary sources from both sides of the Cold War divide, he shows how Khrushchev and Dwight Eisenhower were buffeted by crises of their own creation, leaving the door open to ambitious politicians and scientists to squabble over the heavens and the earth. It is a story rich in the paranoia of the time, with combatants that included two future presidents, survivors of the gulag, corporate chieftains, rehabilitated Nazis, and a general who won the day by refusing to follow orders.
Sputnik set in motion events that led not only to the moon landing but also to cell phones, federally guaranteed student loans, and the wireless Internet. Red Moon Rising recounts the true story of the birth of the space age in dramatic detail, bringing it to life as never before.
 

About Matthew Brzezinski

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After working for The New York Times in Warsaw in the early 1990s, Matthew Brzezinski served as Moscow correspondent for The Wall Street Journal. Following the September 11th attacks, he covered homeland security as a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine. He is also the author of Casino Moscow, Fortress America, and Red Moon Rising. He lives in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts.
 
Published September 18, 2007 by Times Books. 352 pages
Genres: History, Computers & Technology, Science & Math, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical, Travel. Non-fiction

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His anecdotes range from absurd (Von Braun and actor Ronald Reagan host a Disney program on “Tomorrowland”) to prescient (Eisenhower observes that a war waged with atomic missiles “would be just complete, indiscriminate devastation”) to terrifying (as Moscow detonates its first atomic bomb, Gener...

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Another political era’s bell to alarm voters.

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Red Moon Rising: Sputnik and the Rivalries that Ignited the Space Age by Matthew Brzezinski 322pp, Bloomsbury, £17.99 Iron Curtain: From Stage to Cold War by Patrick Wright 488pp, Oxford, £18.99 On February 27 1956, Khrushchev and members of the Supreme Soviet Presidium (as the Politburo was th...

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The United States Army, who employed von Braun, did have a missile ready to go;

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Red Moon Rising is the real-life international thriller about the Russian - American Space Race and the rivalries that were ignited by the successful launch of Sputnik.

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The Space Review

Major anniversaries of key events, like last week’s 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, are ideal times to publish books about those events, given the historical selling hook the anniversary provides.

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